Amongst the most decorated of players, dutch legend Patrick Kluivert has made his mark on the football world.
Representing seven clubs and scoring 149 goals in his storied career, Kluivert’s presence on the world stage rivals that of any.
Ahead of his Champions League twitter takeover tonight, we take a look at Kluivert’s five best Newcastle goals.
Kluivert’s goal in the the 62nd minute helped wrap up the 3-1 result for Newcastle. After Darren Ambrose opened the scoring, Kluivert doubled Newcastle’s lead when he latched on to Charles N’Zogbia’s corner kick, striking a low volley with his left foot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
Although he couldn’t prevent Newcastle from losing 3-1, Kluivert did restore some pride by taking his goal with a plumb after Lee Bowyer find him with a terrific pass. Kluivert made no mistake with his finish, stroking it past Pepe Reina.
Having knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup a month earlier, Kluivert and Newcastle continued their run when they met Tottenham in the quarterfinals. After a mistake by Ledley King, Keiron Dyer’s ball fround Allan Shearer down the flank who cut back to an unmarked Kluivert to sweep home. The goal would serve to be the only goal in a pulsating match.
After just four minutes, underdogs Newcastle stunned Chelsea when Kluivert towered over Willam Gallas to meet Laurent Robert’s cross. It was only the second goal Chelsea had conceded in 12 games, and left the Blues stunned. It was the only goal in a match that Chelsea would finish the match with 9 men after a wild finish and Newcastle would advance to the quarterfinals.
One of the coolest finishes you will ever see, as Kluivert’s delightful backheel helped Newcastle to a 2-0 victory over a resilient Crystal Palace. After a cagey affair, Kluivert broke the deadlock with just 11 minutes to play when he brilliantly met Craig Bellamy’s low cross with a back heel that slithered in the far post.